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Understanding Vitamin D Deficiency

Monday, May 14, 2007
Janet Raloff Second of a three-part series on the sunshine vitamin Our skin evolved to create vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. So, when most of the world’s population lived in or near equatorial regions, people had no shortfall of the nutrient, with their bodies making from 10,000 to 20,000 international units (IUs) of this vitamin each day.… continue reading

Better fake than bake

Friday, May 11, 2007
By NATASHA SINGER Years before Ursula Andress, the Swiss actress who was the first Bond girl, emerged from the waves in Dr. No with her caramel skin offset by a blindingly white bikini, the tan had taken hold as the abiding fashion image.… continue reading

A strand of hair may reveal cancer risk

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Measuring the amount of melanin in a hair sample independently predicts an individual’s risk for melanoma, according to a report in the May 15th issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Melanin is a natural substance that gives color to the hair, skin and iris of the eye, and also protects the skin from damaging rays of the sun.… continue reading

Vitamin D deficiency and cystic fibrosis

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 85, No. 5, 1307-1311, May 2007 © 2007 American Society for Nutrition —-ORIGINAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATION Cholecalciferol significantly increases 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in adults with cystic fibrosis1,2 Anne Stephenson, Michelle Brotherwood, Ronalee Robert, Eshetu Atenafu, Mary Corey and Elizabeth Tullis 1 From the Toronto Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada (AS, MB, RR, and ET), and the Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada (EA and MC) Background: Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly being recognized and treated in patients with cystic fibrosis, although the treatment guidelines are not proven and the effectiveness of vitamin D preparations is untested.… continue reading

Sun may not supply all vitamin D needs

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Health News Editor Category : Health News Alerts by Email click here ) Health News | Home MADISON, Wis., May 8 A U.S. study suggests even people who receive abundant sun exposure of nearly 30 hours per week may still suffer from low serum levels of vitamin D.… continue reading

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